Review Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a first-class level jump for the Nintendo Switch


Lovely Kirby and the Forgotten Land raises a pink ball of joy to the same line as a mustache plumber

KirbyDate of issue: 25.3.2022
Studio: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Saatavilla: Nintendo Switch
Players: 1-2
Age limit: K7
Game played for review: about 13 hours

A platform game that threatens sheer sweetness Kirby and the Forgotten Land arrives like the gentle warm spring sun to brighten up the days full of sleet. The positive life attitude of Pink’s delicacy makes the mouthpieces of even the most poignant player turn into a witty smile, and the insignificant problems of the work do not ruin the relaxed gaming experience.

Nintendo’s beloved ball of joy is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. In honor of this amazing achievement, the game series Leap Full Carbon Dirt into Modernity, as Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first game in the Kirby main series to be made in full 3D. Although the creature inhabiting the planet Popstar has reached adulthood and is approaching middle age threateningly, it has always seemed to be overshadowed by Super Mario platformers. With the latest work, Kirby takes his place in the top box of that genre and rises at least on the same line as the iconic plumber.

Legally, a traditional, light plot is promised for the plains. The portal that opens to the sky sucks the unimaginable Kirby into it, and soon the balloon pops into an unknown world. After recovering from the shock of the journey, he finds that the local hair gang has evils in their minds: they capture Waddle Dee creatures sucked into a new dimension from Kirby’s home planet. Seeing the distress of his old acquaintances, the ever-helpful eater does not waste time, but takes on the task of freeing the captured creatures from the clutches of fluffy evils.


The main line passes in about ten hours. After the last boss noise, a few additional fields with a slightly more demanding level of difficulty open up, which basically recycle the content already seen. There is still a lot of work to do for several hours, so if you want to do everything you can, the game lasts more than 20 hours.

So the mission is to save the Waddle Dee creatures sprinkled around the world. At its simplest, it succeeds by passing through enemy-bustling levels, and rescuing the Orange creatures poking in a cage hovering at their end. In addition to this trio, there are other ecovillages hidden on each level that are freed by doing secret missions. The player must keep their eyes and ears open throughout the adventure, as several creatures in need of salvation are hidden in the world in a delightfully imaginative way.

Not every creature can be found the first time, so if you’re on the move with an all-gathering mentality, the same areas should be visited more than once. And whatever it is – you just like to pass through the colorful levels filled with secrets once and for all until they are thoroughly knocked through. The player is rewarded with the joy of discovery: Satisfied cheers scream as they finally and finally find out the whereabouts of even the last Waddle Deen in that long-lost area.


At first glance, one might think that the sweet pink balloon is not a very strange fighter. Despite his cute appearance, however, Kirby is a notable opponent. It copies the enemy’s ability by popping it on his cheek. The spectrum of abilities is admirably large, and Kirby is able to rock bad guys with things like a sword, fireballs and a hammer. There are three different forms of skill, and they are updated using stars collected from the Treasure Road levels.

The new world is filled to the brim with enemies whose only mission is to hurt the fox Kirby. So the hungry will surely get their money’s worth, as the bloodthirsty villains will be able to pound their hearts. The presence of violence, of course, poses one problem: the big-eyed, fluffy bad guys simply look so sweet they wouldn’t really want to be attacked. Only the harshest coffins can slice adorable, sleeping puppies without terrible feelings of conscience.

In most cases, it is up to the player to decide which ability to use at any given time. However, there are some puzzles involved that require mastering a particular skill. Most of the time, it goes without saying what ability is used in these situations. The nails sticking out of the wall are beaten with a hammer and the hot glows are quenched by blowing them with an icy breath. At a couple of points, you have to think about a suitable tool for a while, but there are no major difficulties.


With the new funny Mouthfull Mode, Kirby is able to swallow inanimate objects such as cars, lamps and roller coaster carts. For example, popping a pink ball of rusty fluff transforms into a car. As a four-wheeled monster, Kirby is able to move quickly from place to place, jump and shake enemies, crushing them into small pieces. In most cases, the fun but useful Mouthfull Mode will help you solve problems. The rather ingenious function, which has already aroused admiration in the game’s trailers, will be needed in each field on several occasions. So it’s not just a pointless advertising gimmick that lured players to Kirby.

The candy-like beautiful world is divided into several different types of regions. Kirby can go on an adventure in an abandoned amusement park, in the dry desert and in the winter terrain covered with snow and ice, among other things. The bustling fields are flooded with detail and viewing the joyful colorful landscapes is a strange pleasure. Towards the end, the appearance of the areas becomes darker, but in spite of this, the heart is lively until the end texts.

In addition to the basic fields, players get to test their skills in the speed-demanding Treasure Road mini-fields. Kirby’s copying abilities are used in these quick twists and the aim is to get to the glowing star at the end before time runs out. The bonus prize is earned if it falls below a predetermined time. The Treasure Roades will be met in abundance, and they will certainly appeal to those with a tough race lead – beating their own record time is an addictive endeavor.


While on an adventure, it is also possible to relax by fishing, working in a café or trying out your skills in a motion-controlled maze game. These three mini-games are a lot of fun, although it won’t take long for the beak to pass.

There are two difficulty levels to choose from: Spring-Breeze Mode for beginners and Wild Mode for more experienced players. The difference between the two is that on a harder level, enemies are stronger and Kirby has fewer life points. Even those who want some kind of challenge should choose the latter without any other mugs, because the easy level of difficulty seems a little too simple, at least at first.

As the game progresses, the fields become more difficult, and the boss fights in the latter part in particular make the hands of the more inexperienced platformer sweat. Nevertheless, the forgiving difficulty level of the work may cause some players to make a dissatisfied button. However, you don’t always have to twist your teeth in your face and the taste in your mouth – sometimes it’s allowed to take it a little more relaxed.

One of the absolute best aspects of the game is that you can pass it with a friend or even a young family member. The second player directs a character named Bandana Waddle Dee, who assists Kirby by poking the bad guys with a sharp spear. The helper is able to hover in the air just like Kirby, but is unable to take advantage of enemies’ abilities.

Bandana Waddle Dee feels largely like a full-blooded co-op partner, and is a great help, especially in the heat of boss battles. Compared to Super Mario Odyssey’s Cappy cap, for example, the second player has a lot more responsibility as well as things to do. Controlling an assistant is still simpler than rocking Kirby’s sticks, so it’s worth rolling the role of a scarf-headed character on the shoulders of a slightly weaker player.

It’s very hard to come up with anything particularly bad to say about the great Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Both the adults and the slightly younger ones enjoy the edible sweet work, and the forgiving level of difficulty also attracts less playful people. A fun-loving adventure may not appeal to the facts or those looking for the ultimate challenge, but for lovers of casual meining, it offers unforgettable moments of play.


Rating: 4/5

“Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes the adventures of the great eater Kirby to a whole new level, and the work is one of the best level leaps published for Switch.”

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